Eric Plaag Collection

Title

Eric Plaag Collection

Description

This collection consists of various postcards, photographs, and other items related to Watauga County that were acquired by the donor from eBay. It is an ongoing collection and additional items will be digitized and added as they are acquired.

Series 1 is 15 items total. Of particular note are North State Canning Company labels. Originally owned by the Watauga Cabbage Growers Association, the canning operation was initially started by H. Neal Blair in 1923. Later owned and operated by Dr. H. B. Perry and W. F. Miller of the North State Canning Company in 1926, it remained active well into the 1980s, churning out 24,000 cases of canned sauerkraut per day. Colloquially known as the "Kraut Factory" and located on the present site of the Watauga County Agricultural Extension, operations there (including draining sauerkraut waste directly into Boone Creek) led locals to informally rename the creek as Kraut Creek, on account of the persistent smell from the factory runoff. In the early 1960s, Watauga County was the number one cabbage producer in the state and 32nd in the nation.

Contributor

Eric Plaag

Rights

Eric Plaag has generously donated these items outright to Digital Watauga through a deed of gift. No material from this collection may be reproduced or redistributed without written permission from the Digital Watauga Project.

Collection Items

Cloyd and Ben Bolick Walking
This item is a black and white photograph of a man and young boy walking on a dirt road next to a wood building. There appears to be a dog on the side of the road to their right. Snow can be seen on portions of the surrounding hills. The photograph…

Good Eating Boone Junior Woman's Club Cookbook
This item is a cookbook titled "Good Eating" that was compiled by the Boone Junior Women's Club in Boone, NC. Throughout the recipes in the book are advertisements for local businesses. The end of the cookbook contains an index of the recipes.

Historic Bicentennial Cookbook
This item is a cookbook titled "Historic Bicentennial Cookbook" with the dates 1776-1976, indicating it to be the bicentennial of the United States of America. It is presented by Mountaineer Garden Club in Boone, NC. On the front cover are…

6 lbs, 7 oz. Chopped Kraut Label From North State Canning Co.
This item is an original can label for the North State Canning Company in Boone, NC. In 1926, the North State Canning Company leased the canning operation initially started by H. Neal Blair in 1923. Later owned and operated under the North State name…

Blackberries Label From North State Canning Co.
This item is an original can label for the North State Canning Company in Boone, NC. In 1926, the North State Canning Company leased the canning operation initially started by H. Neal Blair in 1923. Later owned and operated under the North State name…

Black Diamond Blackberries Label From North State Canning Co.
This item is an original can label for the North State Canning Company in Boone, NC. In 1926, the North State Canning Company leased the canning operation initially started by H. Neal Blair in 1923. Later owned and operated under the North State name…

Cut Stringless Beans Label From North State Canning Co.
This item is an original can label for the North State Canning Company in Boone, NC. In 1926, the North State Canning Company leased the canning operation initially started by H. Neal Blair in 1923. Later owned and operated under the North State name…

10 oz. Chopped Kraut Label From North State Canning Co.
This item is an original can label for the North State Canning Company in Boone, NC. In 1926, the North State Canning Company leased the canning operation initially started by H. Neal Blair in 1923. Later owned and operated under the North State name…

Portrait of James Rivers
This image is a black and white photograph of James Rivers, son of R. C. Rivers, who established the Watauga Democrat. The image was dated March 12, 1940. James Rivers ran for the Congressional seat held by Robert L. Doughton, aka “Farmer Bob.”…

Portrait of 1937 Graduating Class
This image is of a group of graduates. It appears to be the group that is listed in item number 005 of this series. "Boone Photo Shop, Boone NC" is stamped in the bottom right corner. The group are all wearing graduation regalia and are either seated…
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